Public school refuses to allow girl with epilepsy bring service dog to school

A public school in Sherrard, IL is refusing to allow a student’s service dog to accompany her to school. Kellsey McGuire has epilepsy, and Jasper, her service dog, is responsible for alerting others when she begins to have a seizure. McGuire started bringing Jasper to classes in January of this year, but was later informed by the school that she had to stop. According to her family’s attorney, this is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s rules regarding service animals.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.